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114 South Sudanese soldiers seek refuge in Sudan: report

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August 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said that 114 soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) have sought refuge in Sudan due to severe economic hardship and hunger.

SAF spokesperson, al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, told a Sudanese daily newspaper that 114 South Sudanese soldiers carrying 38 rifles handed over their weapons and sought refuge in Sudan due to economic hardship, adding that the Sudanese government had deemed them to be refugees.

Residents of Al-Mayerm locality in West Kordofan state said that the soldiers had crossed the borders from the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region and surrendered to the authorities in Al-Mayrem.

According to Al-Intibaha newspaper on Sunday, the soldiers pointed they defected from South Sudan’s army in the Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, states, saying they dissented because of hunger.

Al-Intibaha further said that two other groups consisting of 70 and 100 soldiers headed to Sudan from Ba?r al-?Arab and Gulu areas in Bahr el-Ghazal.

The three year nation has since December last year been embroiled in a conflict that threatens to tear the country apart. While thousands have already died, nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced internally and 400,000 people have crossed borders to neighbouring countries.

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  • 4 August 06:31, by Chol A.

    They are Nuer militas not South Sudan soliders anymore if your report is true.

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    • 4 August 10:20, by Mayom County Boy

      HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!! those of Riek Machar rebel soldiers, they are diying because they have no food for them to eat, to make life,s save , from where they hide them selves. let them blame their leader Riek Machar Teny.
      Let me a feel to those soldiers it your time to come and join SPLA before Riek to come , please come back !!!

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    • 4 August 13:02, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Their high anxiety about all out war should Salva refused peace.

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  • 4 August 06:37, by George Bol

    Nuer rebels and supporters of riek machar, we have been telling you not to step on Salva Kiir tail and jieng as a whole but you your dull mind can not tell you the dander. Riek knows it very well that coup is going to be too bad and that is why he run away from Juba and leave dull mind aimlessly.
    Good lesson

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    • 4 August 06:54, by wang

      George Bol
      It’s getting boring when you are repeating yourself everyday…we are already step on kiir’s tail and your cowboy has already senses on how to mess up with Naath….we are looking at the Juba govt as gone case to us….money are draining out, Ugandan army are getting exhausted, N. Sudan govt are currently set up a toughs security on all corners borders, blocking all those terrorists from West

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      • 4 August 06:55, by wang

        money are draining out, Ugandan army are getting exhausted, N. Sudan govt are currently set up a toughs security on all corners borders, blocking all those terrorists from Western Sudan to come to South….

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  • 4 August 06:39, by wang

    These what happened when all $$$$$$$$$$ were given to someone to protect the dictatorship regime, leaving the citizens with nothing…..although its will be good news from rebels side as long those defected soldiers will tell all secrete that may including about how Poor Juba are helping the N. Sudan rebels to destabilize their country…

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    • 5 August 01:53, by Akol Liai Mager

      Dear Commenters, please ignore NIF’ Militia-spokesperson. The guy is responding to last week arrest of two (2) NIF militia members who were arrested by South Sudan Armed Forces for theft and stealing Aluminium Substance in the Oil’s site inside South Sudan.

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